Some Girls Bite

Some Girls Bite

eBook - 2009
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When Merit, a twenty-seven-year-old grad student, accidentally becomes a vampire, she finds herself sucked into a whole new world as she is initiated into Cadogan House, one of the oldest vampire houses in the United States. Unfortunately, Cadogan House is being blamed for some bad behavior with humans and it looks like a war might be on the way.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2009
ISBN: 9781101026182
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vi, 341 pages)
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barryandlinda
Sep 04, 2015

This was the first book I read from this author. It was an easy to follow story and has a few comical lines. Merit showed that she believed in standing up for herself. I did enjoy this book very much.

winstonreader Apr 19, 2014

I really cant wait to get my hands on this book. Looking for an new series, vampire, chick lit, and this looks like it may be the one.

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emerge
Aug 15, 2011

I really enjoyed this book. A friend recommended this as a "vamp" tale for adults. It's fast paced, imaginative & humourous. Merit is kind of like a Stephanie Plum with longer canines. Will definitely read the next one (despite all the warnings by other reviewers...).

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ahance
Jul 28, 2011

If you have not started this series, be advised DON'T!! It is a great book, followed by even better books. The characters are fun and snarky and so easy to conect with. And then she writes Hard Bitten and I vowed never to read or tell anyone to read these books. I won't give away any spoliers but there is no happy ending, only heartache, and it is not worth all the time I invested....I would not recomend anyone to read this book, ever!!

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unbroken_halo
Jun 10, 2010

Some Girls bite is fun, witty and Neill has made this reader a new fan.

Neill introduces the modern day world with vampires (yes, another one) and other supernaturals living just out of sight as many other authors in this genre have done before. However, instead of paving over the tales of before, Neill has gone off the beaten path and started her own road with believable, flawed characters that aren't too overly arrogant to know when enough is enough and they need to throw in the towel to ask for help.

Merit is a strong-willed young woman making her own way through college when her life takes a drastic turn for the worse. She is attacked while out working one evening and Turned against her will.

Merit soon finds out that not only is she now a vampire, but she must swear allegance to her new Master and House or be considered an outcast.

Her internal, and external, fight against her new life and the changes make this more than just a romance story. There's a mystery to be solved as well and although the UST between Merit and her maker, Ethan, who also happens to be the Master of her Vampire House, definitely add some "heat' to the story. I'm glad to find one that while the sexual tension is there, it's just not the main focus of the entire tale, and I can't wait to see what the author has for the reader next.

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ScorchingSun
Apr 03, 2010

Cheeky. Fun. Fast-paced.

Jess_library Feb 04, 2010

His book was a delightful surprise. Yes more vampires... but the world is set up quite differently than others in the urban fantasy genre. Merit is a refreshing character and I hope that if I accidentally wind up a vampire I do so with half the rebelliousness and twice the grace.

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lysar
Sep 18, 2009

Neill takes a bite into the world of paranormal romance with her first book "Some Girls Bite" and she succeeds in turning this reader into a fan.

The term paranormal romance often makes me leery. I like character drive (the more broken the better) books with a good plot that allows the characters to grow without it taking over and a splash of romance. It's the perfect book-tail, in my opinion. The problem is that 'paranormal romance' often equals vampires and pages upon pages of skin friction. What was so delicious about this book is that you have that splash of romance but it's all in tension, it steers clear of some of the paranormal romance cliches.

I was talking with a friend/author the other day and we were discussing the merit (possible pun intended) of 'heat' aka tension between the two leads. How it's the tension that's the best part, all the pre-stuff to friction. Neill manages to give us snippets of what could come, dunked it five times in URST and left it at that. Take away the fabulous characters that are well developed and yet have growth to undergo, a plot that is intriguing, lore that doesn't fully follow what others have paved before and you'd still want to read book two just for the tension.

Merit is a strong female lead who does break down but doesn't get beaten down, a huge difference and she lacks that arrogant I am the best attitude, which often irks me. Ethan, an arrogant 'Master' who doesn't rule without compassion and while he feels a pull towards Merit is isn't happy about it. A best friend who's got some tricks up her own sleeve, literally. Sprinkle in some shifters, nymph and various other sups (supernaturals) and you've got a dynamic cast where each characters plays a vital role in the plot and character growth. Can't stand when random characters are tossed into a book/series just for the sake of having them.

My only issue with Neill's first book is that I didn't 100% buy Merit's skill as a swordsman. I can see how she'd defend Ethan (see above: URST) especially given that her dissertation was about Romantic Literature that makes sense (must I mention Romeo and Juliet??) but I never pictured her as overly agile and guard-esque. At the same time, she is a vampire and Neill did give us some scenes to show a contradicting personality from human-Merit to vampire-Merit. I can roll with this, as long as come book two she isn't up to Buffy skill.

I definitely cannot wait to get my hands on the second book of The Chicagoland Vampire series "Friday Night Bites", which comes out October 6, 2009.

If you enjoyed any of these: Buffy (numerous Buffy plugs in these books), Vampire Academy series, Morganville Vampire series, Twilight, Bitten, A Night Huntress series, Dark Power series... etc. then I'm sure you'll enjoy this. Especially since it's written for adult rather then teen/YA, which made it even more refreshing that come page two hundred and something it wasn't endless "their passion was uncontrollable... blah shirt rip... blah blah."

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lysar
Sep 18, 2009

Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was Merit's. She was doing fine until a rogue vampire attacked her. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker--and this one decided the best way to save her life was to make her the walking undead.

Turns out her savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now she's traded sweating over her thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan "Lord o' the Manor" Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred- year-old vampire, he has centuries' worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects her gratitude-- and servitude. But an inconvenient sunlight allergy and Ethan's attitude are the least of her concerns. Someone's still out to get her. Her initiation into Chicago's nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war--and there will be blood.

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